Former University of Kentucky basketball forward Rodrick Rhodes has started a job at Hazard Community and Technical College to work with students and employees on health and wellness initiatives.
Rhodes also will help with admissions duties and student mentoring programs, according to a news release from the college.
The job is a full-time position paying just over $42,000 annually from the school's regular budget, said Evelyn Wood, a spokeswoman for the college. Rhodes started July 15.
He will continue coaching basketball at Cordia, a small high school in Knott County.
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"Rhodes has a lot of wonderful ideas in terms of recruiting and retaining students, and he looks forward to seeing those ideas implemented," Stephen Greiner, president at the Hazard college, said in a statement. "Rodrick brings enthusiasm to a job that is very diverse, and I know he's up to the challenge for the many different roles where he will be serving."
Rhodes said in the news release that he has traveled a great deal in the United States and internationally and has experience working with diverse groups.
"I have worked with individuals that have had to overcome great adversity, as well as had the unique privilege of working with extremely successful people," Rhodes said. "Being a former UK basketball player, I want to give back and hope to connect with and share my experiences with the HCTC students."
Rhodes played at Kentucky for three seasons beginning in 1992-93. He left before his senior year, finishing college at the University of Southern California before playing in the NBA and overseas.
He coached at the college level before returning to Kentucky in 2011 to coach basketball at Cordia.